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Ecuador defends big Yasuni rainforest oil bet

The manager of state oil company Petroamazonas defended Ecuador’s plans to expand exploitation of major oil reserves in one of the world's most species-diverse rainforests, saying it will ensure minimum environmental impact and use appropriate technology.

EPA abandons changes to U.S. biofuel program after lawmaker pressure

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has backed off a series of proposed changes to the nation's biofuels policy after a massive backlash from corn-state lawmakers worried the moves would undercut ethanol demand, according to a letter from the agency to lawmakers seen by Reuters.